Year 7 have had a fabulous time following a visit from the Centre for Life on 19th and 20th January 2016. Each class took part in a two-hour STEM workshop over the course of the two days. The workshop was all about designing and making a vehicle that was powered by stored energy. The students worked in pairs or small groups to design and make a vehicle out of materials provided such as dowels, wheels, nuts and bolts, cardboard, polystyrene, elastic bands etc., and tools such as glue guns, and craft knives. The aim was to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, continuous testing and retesting and setting their own goals, within the frame of practical engineering skills.

8 HMS athletes ran at that County Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 19 January 2016 at Temple Park, South Shields. The weather was ideal for running, cool but wind free. The underfoot conditions were muddy in places and ideal for racing. In the Year 7 races Olivia M and Steven ran brilliantly for 4th and 7th respectively meaning they have been selected to run for Northumberland at the Inter County XC at Middlesburgh. Also racing in the Year 7 races and supporting well were Josie (18th), Annie (35th) and Harry (35th). We had only one participant from Year 8, Olivia S. Olivia S ran a storming race against not only Year 8 girls but also Year 9 girls to come home fourth overall, she also is selected to run at the Inter County races.

Mr Gaines is very proud of the the performances of these athletes. Their performances reflects the dedication and hard work that is put into training and preparing for these races. We look forward to hearing how they get on running for Northumberland.

The HMS newsletter contains school news, information about upcoming events in and outside of school, general notices for parents/carers and dates for your diary.

An electronic copy of the latest edition (15 January 2016) is available on the Publications page.

The Year 6 SATs Information Evening is now on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 6.00pm. It will take place in Fellside Hall.

This will be a key opportunity for you to be informed about all aspects of the SATs tests which your child will sit in May 2016. It will include an overview of the SATs, information about the different components of the tests, examples of questions, ways in which you can help and support your child.

We would encourage you to attend this important session as it allows us to work together to ensure your child fulfils their potential. A letter will be sent home with your child this week. Please complete reply slip and return to school.

Thank you.

On Friday 18 December 2015, staff and pupils pulled out all the wool, sorry stops, and wore their best festive knits to raise money for Save the Children. It was a fantastic day linked with a range of festive activities. Students completed a range of craft tasks during this day making hand wreaths for their classroom door. They drew the outline of their hand onto coloured card and wrote a reflection of their achievements and challenges of 2015. Students also made a collective paper chain incorporating a promise or target for 2016. Individual links joined together as a year group and were then added to our Christmas tree in Fellside Hall. Students were also asked to consider the true meaning of Christmas in their activity.

We congratulate all pupils who have represented the school so well this term in a variety of sports. We have had a very busy time at Hexham Middle School and a huge amount of success. We are very proud of all our pupils.

Olivia Milburn, Year 7, ran exceptionally well to win the area cross country competition in her age group. Jemima Stewart, Year 6, and Steven Clark, Year 7, were second in their races. Other successful runners were Josie Cawood, Annie Stevens Year 7 and Olivia Stewart, Year 8, all of whom will represent Tynedale next term.

The Year 7 girls football team won the B team competition in a Key Stage 3 tournament, winning all of their games. The Key Stage 2 girls football competition was postponed due to wet weather but will be played some time next term.